|Investigating Hibernation – the Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel. - Thomas G. Smith|
As the weather cools in the high mountains of California, the small golden-mantled ground squirrel prepares for a winter’s hibernation. But do the clues for the cold winter ahead come from the temperature or from something internal, something in the animal itself. Eric T. Pengelley and Sally Asmundson capture pregnant females in the mountains and bring them back to the lab where they are raised in a controlled environment...
Keywords: academic film; squirrels
|Birds of the Inland Waterways - Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr.|
'Birds of the Inland Waterways' (1946) 11m, dir. Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr. Presents various birds of inland waterways in their native habitat: the belted kingfisher in underground nests, glossy ibis, avocet, red-backed sandpiper, Canada goose and several members of the heron family. For more on Pettingill, visit http://www.afana.org/pettingill.htm
Keywords: birds; academic film; afana
|Todd - Growing Up In Appalachia - Herman Engel Productions|
A poignant film of poverty and morality. In this exceptional sociodrama, a hungry boy finds someone's food stamps and makes a decision. The schoolhouse scene is sobering, washing is done in a basin to show that the sink doesn't work, a teacher makes lunch for kids from government-issue canned food, cooked on a gas stove located in the classroom.
Keywords: Academic Film; Appalachia
|Deep Blue World - Ken Rudolph|
Presents an underwater fantasy. Studies the deep blues which gives the feeling of going down in an almost endless descent. Shows the beauty and gloriousness of the flower - life sea anemones. Concludes by showing the blues of the upper waters. Music by Jerry Garcia. For more on director Ken Rudolph, visit http://www.afana.org/rudolphken.htm
Keywords: academic film; underwater photography
|Kibbutz Daphna - Ray and Virginia Garner|
Explains how the kibbutz settlements of Israel are organized as agricultural communities to serve all the people living there. Show how the kibbutz society has been brought to fulfillment at Dafna in Northern Galilee.
Keywords: academic film; kibbutz; Israel
|Atlantic Crossing: Life on an Ocean Liner - William F. Deneen|
In this film, Deneen starred his wife and three sons (all uncredited), after he'd arranged a trade with Italian Lines for free passage for his family in return for a film about the liner S.S. Leonardo Da Vinci. Deneen states that 90% of the shots were filmed on the Da Vinci, and another 10% were filmed aboard the S.S. Michelangelo on his return voyage. The film is a remarkable children's film as well as serving as an important document of one of the most advanced ocean liners of its day, now scr...
Keywords: academic film; bill deneen
|Celebrating the Life of Milan Herzog - Shanta Herzog, Eric Acevedo, Steve Ruiz, Milan Herzog|
Milan Herzog produced, both as a line producer as well as an executive producer, an estimated 400 titles, probably more academic films than anyone in history. Born in Vrbovec, Croatia, on August 23-24, 1908, Milan’s greatest influence in film was as Encyclopaedia Britannica Films’ Vice President of Production, where he influenced, supported, and befriended filmmakers such as Chuck Finance, Tom Smith, Bert Van Bork, and Larry Yust...
Keywords: afana; milan herzog; academic film
|Learning About Sound (2nd Ed) - Thomas G Smith|
This 17-minute film presents the basics of sound beginning with it source – vibrations emitting sound waves. We visualize the sound waves with an oscilloscope showing amplitude and frequency. Tapping on a stretch of steel rail,we compare the speed sound travels in solid steel to the speed of sounds in air. Scenes explore both electronically synthesized musical sounds with acoustical instruments. The film concludes with ways of controlling noise pollution...
Keywords: academic film; sound; noise pollution
This film documents a day in the life of a 12 year old Korean girl, learning to dive as a haenyeo on the island of Jeju. This novice diver is of the last generation that will engage in this vocation, and serves as an important historical document. Haenyeo divers are able to dive 30-50 feet with no breathing apparatus, holding their breaths for 2-3 minutes. From 30,000 divers in the 1970s, there are only an estimated 5,000 of them today, most over the age of 50...
Keywords: academic film; Korea; diving; Jeju; haenyeo; ama
|The Midwest, Heartland of the Nation - Thomas G Smith|
“The Midwest, Heartland of the Nation” As part of Encyclopedia Britannica Films’ Social Studies offering they produced a collection of regional films. This 25-minute film is the examination of the factors that are responsible for the Midwest’s success as America’s breadbasket and manufacturing center. The film was shot in 1968, a time when most automobiles manufactured for domestic use were made in the Midwest with Midwestern parts...
Keywords: academic film; U.S. Midwest; Great Lakes
|Plant Pilferage - Francis J. Rose, Highway Safety Films|
This film, made for the Highway Safety Foundation, was shot at a Sunbeam appliance factory, was meant to show 60's plant managers how to prevent employee theft. The plant is surrounded by barbed wire, and the good guys go around checking lunch pails (one of the employees is shown hiding a clothes iron in it beforehand). Right off the bat, you start pulling for the employees, taking glee in every theft...
Keywords: afana; highway safety films; academic film; employee theft
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